Not All Millennials Are 'Snowflakes'

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Real solutions have two parts: changes in values and operational changes in habits and processes.

While it's certainly good sport to mock "snowflakes," not all Millennials are snowflakes. Many are homesteading, buying affordable homes and building communities that get stuff done.

I discuss these trends with Drew Sample, who is living them in Ohio. ( hear a 60-second excerpt or listen to the full podcast on Drew's site.)

Although the mainstream media focuses on bubble-priced Left and Right coast homes costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, there are perfectly serviceable houses that can be had for $50,000 or less elsewhere in America. Drew just bought one, and rather than go through a bank for the mortgage, he arranged (with the help of a real estate attorney) for a family member to put up the mortgage.

This arrangement is win-win: the family member earns a much higher return on the cash than a savings account or equivalent, the loan is secured by the property, and Drew cuts out the bank/lender.

It may surprise those who only read media accounts of Millennials living in their parents' basement playing videogames, many of the Millennials in Drew's "tribe" are growing food via homesteading. This is arguably a global trend, as the short video below from Japan reveals.

An increasing number of Japanese Millennials are abandoning the high-cost, long work hours life in big cities for a rural lifestyle that is described as "half farmer, half X," with X being whatever part-time work generates the modest incomes needed to sustain the village lifestyle.

I recently watched a Japanese TV program (Soko ga Japan is the name of the series) profiling the young residents of a Japanese farming village. Each household pays $200 or $250 per month for a spacious old house and adjoining farm plot.

This is roughly 10% of what the households were paying for cramping flats in Tokyo. One of the homes is an expansive 200-year old farm house which the young tenant has fixed up to host informal gatherings for those interested in the village community.

Drew reports his mortgage is a bit over $300/month. Including property taxes and homeowner's insurance, the basic cost of ownership is roughly half what neighboring homes are renting for.

So what is X, the other source of income? Raising animals and high-value vegetables that can be sold to restaurants is one source, but many of the young homesteaders continue to do the work they did in the city, only remotely: graphic design, illustration, IT (information technology), translation, etc.

This is an example of what I call the Mobile Creative class, the non-age specific class of people who have broken free of Corporate-State wage-slave serfdom by cobbling together multiple income streams doing work they care about, and radically slashing their cost of living to enable this freedom to do meaningful work.

America's Nine Classes: The New Class Hierarchy (April 29, 2014)

The New Class: Mobile Creatives (May 1, 2014)

The Nitty-Gritty of Financial Independence: The Self-Employed Mobile Creative (February 8, 2017)

I describe how to fashion a mobile creative work life and income in my book Get a Job, Build a Real Career and Defy a Bewildering Economy.

When people say they want solutions, they're actually seeking only a specific kind of solution, one that leaves everything they have now intact but guarantees them more of something: more security, more healthcare, more education, more money, etc., but at no cost or inconvenience to themselves.

Anything that fits these parameters isn't a solution; it's magic. Magical thinking and magical fixes are endlessly appealing precisely because they don't require us to change anything or work at anything outside our comfort zone.

In the real world, solutions change core values and processes. If they don't, they're not real solutions. Fake fixes come in various types: cosmetic band-aids, alleviation of the symptoms while the disease continues unchecked, public-relations relabeling of the problem so it appears to go away via semantic trickery, and so on.

The credit-card fueled shopping-spree of suburban malls is dying for a variety of structural/systemic reasons. Embracing that as the only model we have is to choose extinction.

Real solutions have two parts: changes in values and operational changes in habits and processes. This two-sided structure of solutions--values and operations--is scale invariant, meaning it works the same for individuals, households, neighborhoods, towns, cities, organizations, enterprises, nations and empires. Any solution that doesn't change both values and operations in fundamental ways is just another magic trick, a simulacrum solution.

It requires this context of values and operations to understand how half-farmer, half-X is one spectrum of solutions for an over-indebted, dysfunctional economy of dead malls and dying models of debt-based "growth."

The "De" Generation (DeGrowth) (8:26)

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Jim Sampson's picture

While it's certainly good sport to mock "snowflakes," not all Millennials are snowflakes


No fucking way?  Really? 


ZH...  why do you remove the part where he hawks his book at the end of every article?

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

"not all Millennials are snowflakes"

Also known as young White men.

Laddie's picture

Any White guy who can go through college or education system, who watches TV and goes to the movies and church IF they can overcome that level of brainwashing they are impressive.
But I have to tell you that I see more and more Whites waking up each and every day. But buying farmland is harder each year due to immigration and the higher birthrates for non-whites.
Amish are going to Argentina to find affordable land.

This is an old story, the brainwashing of the Whites:
We have seen that a common component of Jewish intellectual activity since the Enlightenment has been to criticize gentile culture. Freud’s ideas have often been labeled as subversive. Indeed, “[Freud] was convinced that it was in the very nature of psychoanalytic doctrine to appear shocking and subversive. On board ship to America he did not feel that he was bringing that country a new panacea. With his typically dry wit he told his traveling companions, ‘We are bringing them the plague’ ” (Mannoni 1971, 168).

Mannoni, O. (1971). Freud, trans. R. Belice. New York: Pantheon Books.

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

"We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes are formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. . . .

"Whatever attitude one chooses to take toward this condition, it remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons . . . who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world. . . .

"Sometimes the effect on the public is created by a professional propagandist, sometimes by an amateur deputed for the job. The important thing is that it is universal and continuous; and in its sum total is regimenting the public mind every bit as much as an army regiments the bodies of its soldiers. . . .

"The systematic study of mass psychology revealed to students the potentialities of invisible government of society by manipulation of the motives which actuate man in the group. . . . So the question naturally arose: If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it?

"No serious sociologist believes any longer that the voice of the people expresses any divine or especially wise and lofty idea. The voice of the people expresses the mind of the people, and that mind is made up for it by the group leaders in whom it believes and by those persons who understand the manipulation of public opinion. . . .

"Whether in the problem of getting elected to office or in the problem of interpreting and popularizing new issues, or in the problem of making the day-to-day administration of public affairs a vital part of the community life, the use of propaganda, carefully adjusted to the mentality of the masses, is an essential adjunct of political life."

Edward L. Bernays
1 Wall Street
New York City

Edward L. Bernays
7 Lowell St.
Cambridge, Mass.

He was descended from the Chief Rabbi of Hamburg (late 18th-early 19th century) and was a nephew, on both sides, of that quintessence of FILTH, Sigmund Freud. (born Sigismund Schlomo Freud)

Dane Bramage's picture

That Ted Talk lady sure killed my interest in the topic.  She was just way too excited. :-/

If they've been raised in daycare, public schools, etc., and they're posting all their endeavors, no matter how noble, on social media in an attention whoring manner, they're still snowflakes.  They're the get a cookie for a job well done subset of snowflakes.   ;-)  I keed.

Srsly tho ~ freedom from, & the eventual death of, the State is a very pragmatic path.  Kudos.  I hope the radiation doesn't kill them first.  

daily westerner's picture
daily westerner (not verified) Dane Bramage Apr 13, 2017 7:14 PM

Some millennials are promoting goods over the Social Media while making it look like a self absorbing waste of time.

Like this White and Conservative lady

Guns and Beauty: This “Instagram Model” is Using Her Fame to Support Guns


See the carefully placed merchandise producs in some of her photos (being gun related products, beverage, website..)

Dane Bramage's picture

I rest my case, even if the model is clearly talented at it.   "Putting the T&A into tactical".  LOL  Now where can I buy Fit Tea & Fit Coffee?  


Srsly tho ~ every millenial I know has grandiose plans/dreams of monetizing their attention whoring.  WTF?!

panther man's picture
panther man (not verified) Dane Bramage Apr 14, 2017 7:18 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

thisandthat's picture

Don't diss on them, I, myself, personally (well, not personally-personally...) know of a very fine millenial couple who essentially managed to buy themselves a very affordable (very, very affordable) manor up-country, where they're now homesteading, and are tirelessly propping up their own community while getting stuff done!

Really, you should know them - what's their name?... Ah, yes, Javanka, the foolsgolden couple! Brilliant, brilliant couple, very not snowflaky at all! Daddy's all fine and dandy too, if you can ignore his flipflops...

hitex's picture

why are people downvoting this comment? I find it thought provoking and unfortunately, quite true

nmewn's picture


Sooo, ummm Tyler...nothing on felony criminal charges about to be filed on Lois Lerner? ;-)

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Where'd you see that? Link please.

nmewn's picture

Sure thing...

"Two top Republicans asked the Justice Department on Wednesday to take a new look at the evidence against former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner to see whether charges should still be brought against her for targeting Tea Party groups and losing key evidence in the case."

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Holy shit. Thanks! Man, if that would just happen...

nmewn's picture

They got enough, she lied to the Inspector General and no one ever bought into the "recycled hard drive" of Lois Lerner or the back up tapes of that hard drive being mysteriously "accidently erased" as put forward by her partner in crime boss Koskinen.


And I'd just like to say (because I don't hang on ZH like I used to and maybe I missed the article) but the claim is they've caught the bastard who killed Brian Terry with one of Holders Fast & Furious weapons.

Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes should be absolutely overflowing with information where he got it ;-)

VWAndy's picture

 Every generation has its outliers.

New_Meat's picture

yo, Bug-guy, who invented the term "millenials?"

where do they hang?  Where do the inventors hang?

Prolly every generation has normal young guys 'n' gals.  Prolly they outnumber the true "outliers".

VWAndy's picture

 Yep its like saying not all boomers are fucked in the head. Stick a lable on any group and viola you can demonize all of um. Its a vairation of the tribilsim game.

hitex's picture

unfortunately, boomers DID create pensions they couldn't fund along with multiple entitlements where they won't live to see the extent of the mess theu created

VWAndy's picture

 There is plenty of blame too go around. Its not like many of my generation didnt fall for the same tricks. Look around we aint short on stupid ones.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Topic: Not All Millennials Are 'Snowflakes'

My Response: I agree with the article and the title.

If millennials have a strong faith and good work ethic, they are the most productive of US Citizens. However, many of our millennials have grown up during a time where sanctity of life, family and marriage are under attack.

These attacks have left scars and shipwrecked the faith of many. As an example, AMERICA has murdered 58,000,000 babies during the Millennial generation.

graftvshost's picture

... and how many of those were you willing to support financially from the womb until adulthood?? I thought so.

Abortion is probably the LEAST pressing issue facing mankind today (and ever).  However it is the most emotionally and least intelectually demanding way to align a bunch of outrage-addicts, and all politicians know this.


DaveA's picture

Abortion broke a crucial tool in the enforcement of Christian values: the shame of unwed motherhood. If a Christian girl gets knocked up by a sexy bad-boy today, the church must support and praise her for not killing her baby, for if they don't, she really will kill her baby. Other girls get the message and open their legs for sexy bad-boys.

If you can't shame sluts, shame cads instead. Except that cads don't go to church, and kissless virgin boys get tired of being lectured every Sunday on the evils of *male* fornication (esp. porn and masturbation which, unlike single moms, impose zero external cost), and they stop coming. So church becomes a henhouse of single mommies on Section 8, Medicaid, WIC, and EBT, singing about how much Jesus loves them, and wondering why their children behave so badly!

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Let me ask graftvshost and DaveA one question: IS MURDER LEGAL? Abortion is murder.

From prespective of the Christian FAITH, GOD is the giver and taker of life. To disregard this precept, is to go against GOD.

It never ends well for a person or a nation when sanctity of life is thrown in the trash can.


DaveA's picture

Killing humans is wrong. Killing niggers, spics, hajjis, and similar apes is no worse than shooting a coyote that threatens your chickens.

Kudos to Planned Parenthood for siting 80% of their clinics in non-human neighborhoods:

canisdirus's picture

Worse-yet, those kissless virgin boys are now surrounded by sluts with babies, so they are driven out of the group entirely. Men, especially young single ones, are practically nonexistent in modern Christian congregations these days. Even the married men have been driven away by this new dynamic. Men under 55 are extremely rare in churches anymore.

bloofer's picture

While I'm not religious in any traditional sense, there is something deeply wrong with any culture that accepts (or embraces) killing its own children. The vast majority of abortions are of black children. If I remember right, 19 times as many black children are aborted, compared to all other groups put together. A viable culture cherishes its children.

But there's also something deeply wrong with any culture that refuses to have children or that severely limits the number of children. At least the single moms out there are actually having children--children whose fathers either did not want them or would not provide for them.

pliny the longer's picture

thank you for saying this 


sp0rkovite's picture

Not all anybody are anything

LetThemEatRand's picture

Wait, you mean an entire group of tens of millions of people who are defined arbitrarily by being born within the same decade or so are not all exactly the same?  

Ignatius's picture

Don't we all wish these people with these grand f#cking theories would turn their attention towards a hard science like physics first, and see how it holds up there?  But no, they instead focus on that which has nearly an endless number of variables and predicts nothing.

djsmps's picture

Just in time for nuclear war

SwaziRed's picture

Awwww. Poor Trumpcucks. All your cherished narratives are crashing and burning.


Consuelo's picture



'Not all Millennials are Snowflakes '




But all aging hippies with greasy, grey-haired pony tails are still aging Hippies...

GooseShtepping Moron's picture

True, not all Millennials are snowflakes. Some of them are douchebags, freaks, and plain old wastes of skin.

Disgruntled Goat's picture

Over 1/3 of the stores are shuttered?

How much yu want to bet that the Comercial RE lender is still holding a note on their books at full value? 

delacroix's picture

pension funds, loaded with reits

perkunas's picture

Tell them to turn down the music

Dilluminati's picture

Not all millennials are snowflakes

but all snowflakes are millennials


confucious say snowflake = millennial

Kenneth Gekko's picture

Actually, ZeroHedge posted an article a couple days ago about a snowflake complaining that Tomahawk missiles were offensive to Native Americans.

This Tweet Is Exactly Why Trump Won The Election: Snowflake Freaks Out Over "Tomahawk" Missile Name

That snowflake was a 49 year old Gen X'er. 

Confucious say all snowflakes are brainwashed retards — regardless of age.

Smilygladhands's picture

Wonder what the missles were called when Obama was in office? 

canisdirus's picture

All snowflakes are snowflakes. They aren't a specific age range.

Hating the kids that aren't really kids anymore might be the hip thing to do, but engaging in it just makes you look like a tool.

quax's picture

But all of them seem to suffer from  butthurt over an assertive US foreign policy, which admittedly was spectacularly misguided in Iraq.

Common_Cents22's picture

why the fuck are commercial rents still high?    such a contradiction going on in America now

Boca's picture

"there are perfectly serviceable houses that can be had for $50,000 or less elsewhere in America"


stopped reading right there

ThuleNord's picture

I laughed at that too

zebrasquid's picture

Those Rubbermaid ones?

That's a goal!

Wrenching Away's picture

Why is that, do you not believe it? Seattle has an average home price of $700,000 right now, yet less than 2 hours outside the city, you can buy single family houses on a small piece of land for under $50k, especially if you are ok with foreclosures.